Study at Durham

Study at a top ranking university

Global rankings

Durham University is a member of the prestigious Russell Group of universities. It consistently ranks as one of the top 100 universities in the world by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings and the QS World University Rankings:

  • A world top 100 university – 74th in QS World University Rankings 2019
  • Ranked 7th in the UK – The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019
  • Over 90% of subjects ranked in the UK top 10 – Complete University Guide 2019
  • 18 subjects ranked in the world top 100 and 10 subjects ranked in the world top 50 - QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019

Top for employability

Students at Durham have excellent graduate prospects. The University has the highest graduate employment rate of any UK university, with 97.9 per cent of its graduates in work or further study three and a half years after graduation (Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey 2016/17).

Career support starts at the International Study Centre with CareerAhead, and continues throughout your degree at the University.

Research-led education

At Durham University, you will join a community of world-leading academics who deliver cutting-edge research and curriculum. Findings from the latest Research Excellence Framework (2014) gave 83% of research at Durham an assessment of either 'internationally excellent' or 'world-leading'.

You will learn about the very latest developments in your subject area, and will be taught by inspiring teachers who are passionate about learning. Many subjects include research projects, real-life learning and exposure to new research papers.

Gold award for teaching

Durham University was recognised for its excellent approach to teaching and learning, rated Gold in the latest Teaching Excellence and Student Outcome Framework (TEF). The rating notes the research-led approach to teaching, which provides students with relevant employability skills and supports them to achieve outstanding outcomes. The TEF is an assessment of UK higher education, developed by the Department of Education and carried out by the Office for Students.

World-class facilities

At Queen’s Campus and Durham City you will have access to world-class facilities that include state-of-the-art lecture theatres, IT rooms, laboratories and libraries. The University Library in Durham City has an Archives and Special Collections section that attracts scholars from all over the world.

When you complete your course and progress to your degree, you will be studying at a world top 100 university with a global reputation for teaching and research. Lecturers are world-leaders their fields, and students benefit from cutting-edge facilities.

Durham University is one of the UK’s most historic universities, and its unique collegiate system creates a strong sense of belonging. The University provides outstanding opportunities that help to enrich student life and create some of the world’s most sought after graduates.

Abdulmalik at the International Study Centre

A degree from Durham University will help me by providing me with the proper educational support and background to thrive and succeed, and work with the Saudi Arabian Oil Company, where I aspire to work and achieve certain positions.

Abdulmalik from Saudi Arabia
Studied International Foundation Year in Science and Engineering
Now studying BSc (Hons) Geology

Gold rated Teaching Excellence Framework

Colleges

Collingwood College at Durham University

Throughout your degree you will be part of one of Durham's 16 colleges.